Auteur: vera@gtc

Seasonal bouquet/ edible edition

On our allotment, there are edibles and then there are flowers. But sometimes these categories overlap because some of the flowers are edible and some herbs double as foliage for bouquets. Wading through the beds of our allotment and thinking…

Andalusian soup salad

A couple of nights ago we were doing the dishes, which is the time when Remco usually fills me in on any noteworthy news. I do not follow the news very actively and he does and as I often tell…

Oslo – what we ate

Norway is a rather expensive country and when we travelled to Oslo, most of our budget was spent on the ferries to get there and the hotel where we stayed. But here are some culinary highlights of our stay as…

Garden jobs in August

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

Chocolate & raspberry birthday cake

Last Monday I celebrated my 39th birthday. Remco teasingly reassured me: “You don’t look a day over 38, honey” but I’m sure I have changed in many small ways since last year and that is exactly as it should be.…

July in rearview mirror

Because (as I mentioned before) we were gone for at least half of July, our garden has not exactly been showered with attention during the past month. Still, we managed to get most of the important jobs done, the sowing…

Savory strudel with chard and blue cheese

My friend Tereza is the best kind of visistor you can get. Every summer we try to spend a few days together, the last few years usually at my sister’s house: three moms and six kids of all ages. Tereza…

Oslo – what we did

Every family has a story about its origin, about how mom and dad met. Ours is the story of the three keys. In the summer of 1996 I arrived in Oslo to study Norwegian language and literature at the university.…

Seasonal bouquet-for-a-day

Between our week in Oslo and visiting my parents in the Czech Republic, we spent two days at home. To do the laundry, have a break from driving and most importantly, check on the garden. Going to the allotment was…

Dark chocolate pudding with strawberries in red wine syrup

At my parents’ house, when I was growing up, everybody had their task in the kitchen, one that was playing to their strength. My mom would make the soup because she can make a soup out of anything and it…

Garden jobs in July

This post is a part of a series about the things I usually do/sow/harvest in my garden in a given month. I post at the beginning of each month and at the end of each month I check in to…

Milk chcocolate sesame cream tart with cherries

From the time Esther and Sebastiaan were quite little, as a way of playfully teaching them about food and taste, we used to organize little family tastings. If we grew three different varieties of strawberries, we would have a tasting…

Seasonal bouquet – end of school

Today is the last day Sebastiaan will ever attend primary school, so pardon me if I get a little sentimental. After the summer holiday, he’s starting high school and it will be a different building in a different part of…

June in rearview mirror

Last week the stars aligned and both our children left for a three day school trip – for the same three days! That’s something that happens just about never and we were a little overwhelmed by the unusual freedom –…

Broad beans and peas salad with basil dressing

Broad beans take a pretty long time to arrive – they are just about the first vegetable I sow outside (this year it was as early as the end of February) but it takes until June before we can harvest…